I have watched her video of I Puritani from MET. That opera is just idiotic as the story. I dimly recollect seeing Gruberova in it and found the character of Elvira really obnoxious. People praise the stage presence of Netrebko, but her charisma was not enough to overcome the absurdity of Elvira either. I am avoiding her ever since, but my reasons are unjust, I guess.I've seen her live three times. The first was about ten years ago, it was a charming recital by various singers dedicated to one concertmaster's jubilee. She was among other singers, to the date excessively famous, beloved by TV, already jumping off her heels but before dramatic soprano experiment. She sounded well, showed necessary collaboration with colleagues and was on the top of her Carmen-styled beauty. She sang some romances and a duet from L'elisir.
The second time was Giovanna D'Arco in La Scala, when I had a vacation in Italy. Then she was still alike herself vocally. I have a little to compare in this opera. She isn't Montserrat, of course, but was good enough. And her stage presence means much, she has a certain gift to inspire the audience.
After that the repertoire extension began. I never considered her as an artist to go, her rare shows in Mariinsky were extremely expensive. Third time was accidental. I had tickets for Don Carlo with Tatiana Serjan as Elisabetta, but the cast was changed a couple weeks before the evening. Semenchuk as Eboli and Markov as Posa remained, Abdrazakov as Felipe joined, Netrebko changed Serjan and closed a tenor gap with her Mr. It wasn't a fair change. I wouldn't mind the former three. But the rest... I wouldn't say it were pretty awful, but why does she need to treat her voice like that, I hope she understands herself.